The combination of Burn and Boost Zones will cause your body to gently and safely dip in and out of ketosis, which powerfully battles metabolic conditions including Alzheimer’s.
The Boost Zone being the 8 hour window that you eat each day and the Burn Zone being the 16 hours that you fast, or burn fat!
Dr. Andrew Weil said, “Inflammation is so powerfully destructive to the brain and body. It’s at the root of cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and cancer”.
To reduce inflammation, Weil recommends a diet that’s rich in vegetables, low amounts of animal protein, whole grains, less fruit, and olive oil as the main cooking oil. He added: “I also recommend anti- inflammatory spices such as ginger and turmeric, red wine and chocolate in moderation, and green tea.” This eating plan will provide you with more physical and mental energy than ever before. Your mind will regain clarity and focus. Plus, you’re going to feel more joyful, enthusiastic, confident, serene, and empowered. Oh, and you’ll reap the little ole bonus of living longer.
Scientific studies also show that caffeine defends against cognitive decline and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and it increases insulin sensitivity in healthy humans, which is extremely important to sustained weight loss.
Luckily if you are on the Cruise Control diet, and you are intermittent fasting, you can still drink coffee and even coffee with MCT oil, coconut oil, or grass-fed butter to satiate your hunger. Crazy that this can also help to defend against cognitive decline, go Cruise Control coffee!
I know. You’re overwhelmed, stressed, trying to lose weight, and fit in work and exercise, so maybe sex is the last thing on your mind. You are not alone. Depression, anxiety, medications, health issues, and depleted sex hormones reduce desire in the bedroom for most people. Long be- fore menopause, around 40 percent of women experience a reduced libido. Usually, we only think of testosterone as the sex hormone in men, but women have testosterone, too. The good news is that certain foods will ramp up your libido by increasing your blood flow, balancing and increasing sex hormones, and improving desire-building endorphin highs in your brain and body. Below are your best bets.
Pumpkin Seeds: According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, zinc is the ultimate sex mineral because it helps to boost levels of testosterone (it’s not just for us guys, ladies).
Greens: Magnesium, a mineral, increases blood flow by reducing inflammation in blood vessels (giving them more room to better circulate blood).
Green Tea: I’ve talked a lot about tea, but there’s something special about the green stuff. Green tea is especially rich in compounds called catechins, which have other belly- and body-fat-burning abilities, but they also boost desire by promoting blood flow down there.
Seafood: Doesn’t sound very sexy, does it? But omega-3 fatty acids increase your heart health and raise dopamine levels in your brain. The result is better circulation and blood flow, which can trigger arousal.
Dark Chocolate: There’s a reason chocolate became a gift given before amorous activity. Dark chocolate (70 percent or more cocoa) increases dopamine levels (your pleasure chemical), and this yummy stuff also opens up blood vessels and improves blood flow.
Garlic: This pungent little bulb has mighty sex powers. Garlic contains a compound that thins your blood, which improves circulation.
There are so many stressors in our world that lead to it being difficult for us to fall asleep. Insomnia results in people being having difficulty falling asleep or waking up often during the night and having difficulty falling back asleep.
Intermittent fasting can help with insomnia in many ways. I know it’s difficult sometimes to avoid late night snacking, but if you do, it puts your body in an active state of digestion and can create problems with sleeping.
Time restricted eating can strengthen our Circadian clocks, this has a huge influence on our sleep. When the circadian clock is stronger and more in sync, our bodies have an easier time falling asleep and staying asleep once asleep.
As we get older our risk for hypertension increases. High amounts of salt, a lack of exercise and being overweight or obese are also other factors that can cause this. Hypertension is overall, an abnormally high blood pressure level.
Now, of course there are medications used to treat this, but to try and tackle things naturally first is always what I suggest.
Intermittent fasting has been shown in research to lower blood pressure.
If you have family history of high blood pressure or hypertension, take precautionary acts to fight this before it even happens!
Some tumors grow slowly; others grow and spread fast. Different treatments work for different types of cancers, but one thing that lowers the risk of all cancers and improves the treatment and outcome if you do have cancer is adopting a firm intermittent fasting schedule.
When you eat morning, noon, and night, you are putting constant demands on your body. That’s the big problem. The average person eats from five to ten times a day over a fifteen-hour period. Where’s the downtime? When you follow the 16:8 schedule, you are creating the needed downtime, and you’ll ramp up your immune system by honoring your body’s biological rhythm. The sixteen-hour fasting zone gives your brain and your body the time it needs to rest and repair. If you are eating from dawn to dusk, your immune system is weakened. When that happens, your immune system’s ability to find cancerous cells stops working. But if you are intermittent fasting, you’ll give your body the power to fight off cancer successfully.
Resources:The Cruise Control Diet, by Jorge Cruise (page 290)
Most cases of heart disease are caused by fat deposits on your arterial walls, the tubes that carry blood from your heart. Excess fat in your body causes inflammation, including inflammation in your arteries.
Intermittent fasting to the rescue! When you follow a 16:8 IF schedule, you will naturally prepare your body to burn more fat and to store less. When you do this, you reduce fat in the body, and that decreases inflammation. When you diminish fatty deposits, it suggests that they aren’t floating around your arteries, or stuck to the walls of your arteries as fatty plaque. When you clear out your tubes, you lessen your chance of blockage to the heart—and that decreases your heart disease risk. How much? According to a 2011 study, you can have a 58 percent lower risk of heart disease when you commit to a scheduled fast or, better yet, a sixteen-hour Burn Zone. The study was presented at the 2011 conference of the American College of Cardiology, and the researchers found no changes in heart disease risk among the people who didn’t have a regular fasting plan. Other studies have found similar evidence.
Resources: The Cruise Control Diet, by Jorge Cruise (page 288)